'Galaxy' is out of this world
By BILLY NORRIS
Published May 2, 2005
Movie: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Rating: PG for thematic elements, action and mild language
Summary: Seconds before Earth is obliterated to make way for an interspace highway, Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is rescued by his friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def), an alien with a one-way ticket off the doomed planet. Once in space, Arthur realizes that there's far more to the universe than he ever expected, and he and Ford take the ride of a lifetime across the galaxy, fleeing interstellar police, hitching a ride on a stolen ship and searching for the meaning of life. It's an out-of-this-world experience!
My View: This film is based on Douglas Adams' timeless series of novels that first blew people's minds back in 1978. Adams also wrote the majority of the screenplay and script before he died in 2001. Though it may not stick as closely to the books as some diehards might wish, it definitely has Adams' fingerprints all over it. It has been some time since I've been this thoroughly entertained by a movie. This film is completely bizarre - as in giant, horrifically ugly aliens reading poetry bizarre. This stuff is way out there, but if you think you can handle it, you're in for a treat. The dialogue is witty, often using satirical jibes and underplayed criticisms of society to deliver a clever punch, and calling to mind the late-'80s classic, Spaceballs, and the more recent release, Evolution. (Ford reminds me of Orlando Jones' character.) The characters are extremely diverse and ridiculously portrayed. The two-headed, three-armed president of the galaxy/spaceship thief, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell) is reminiscent of Owen Wilson. My favorite character is the manically depressed robot, Marvin, voiced by Alan Rickman. The plot is uncannily smart, yet surprisingly easy to comprehend. This movie is for those of us who are a little kooky.
Recommendations: Original fans of the series, sci-fi junkies and crazy humor buffs all will get a kick out of this film. If you don't fall into any of those groups, don't panic. I suggest you be open-minded and let this one knock your socks off.
Billy Norris, 17, is in the 11th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.
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